Andrea Levy is an English novelist of Jamaican-Jewish descent. She was born in London in 1956. Her novels explore the problems faced by black British-born children of Jamaican emigrants. When she started writing in her mid-thirties, there was little written about the black British experience in Britian. Her first novel is the semi-autobiographical Every Light in the House Burnin’ (1994). Other novels include Never Far from Nowhere (1996) and Fruit of the Lemon (1999). Her multi-prize winning novel Small Island (2004) was adapted for television by the BBC and is adapted for the National Theatre by Helen Edmundson. Her latest novel The Long Song (2010) won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Levy’s collection of short stories, Six Stories and an Essay, was published in 2014.
Andrea Levy died in February 2019.